Definition of unsupported in English:



  • 1Not supported physically:

    ‘a toddler who can stand unsupported’
    • ‘During early phases of weapons training, soldiers are taught supported and unsupported prone positions and may be introduced to other positions such as the kneeling position.’
    • ‘His hand was on another squab when the ladder cracked and he was suddenly unsupported in the darkness, scrabbling with both hands to hold on to timbers, losing his grip and absurdly dangling from the rope.’
    • ‘When the directors later asked him whether he judged that the shuttering could safely be removed he told them that their trains had been crossing the unsupported bridge, in perfect safety, for the best part of a year.’
    • ‘However, it is generally accepted the cause is the sudden whip-like movement of the head, relative to the torso, during a rear crash as the seat is pushed forward at high speed but the unsupported head lags behind.’
    • ‘For the assumed boundary, material, and support conditions, the floor system at level two would have been able to support itself over the assumed unsupported area.’
    erroneous, false, untrue, wrong, incorrect, faulty, flawed, inaccurate, inexact, imprecise, mistaken, misinformed, misguided, misleading, deceptive, delusive, delusory, illusory, sophistic, specious, fictitious, spurious, fabricated, distorted, made up, trumped up
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  • 2Not given financial or other assistance:

    ‘the child of a single, unsupported mother’
    • ‘That she had contracted the infection from a man, who thereafter turned his back, leaving her to unsupported single-parent suffering, points up the layered violence and disadvantage that became her lot as a woman.’
    • ‘As a family physician practicing obstetrics in an unsupported geographic area, I rely on the local obstetric consultant to be supportive of my decisions.’
    • ‘Whilst a sportscotland spokesperson confirmed that Scottish bobsleigh athletes are not ineligible for funding, he is currently financially unsupported.’
    • ‘Surely it is important that we acknowledge and support those women who are on their own, who are often unsupported, and who have no real encouragement or support in their efforts to bring up the next generation of New Zealanders.’
    • ‘Maria chooses this job to escape a potential life as a single, unsupported mother living in poverty and boredom in her small town.’
    • ‘The branch PO tells me that the publicity committee is hopeful of landing a sponsor shortly for the upcoming Towns' Cup, which was unsupported financially last season.’
    1. 2.1Computing (of a program, language, or device) not having assistance for the user available from a manufacturer or system manager.
      • ‘Not only do we learn something in detail, but it is satisfying to offer Linux users access to previously unsupported devices.’
      • ‘‘The unsupported device is likely the useless E-support button on the front of your computer tower,’ he writes.’
      • ‘This is Sun's attempt to stir up more developer interest in its OS and to mimic Red Hat's unsupported Fedora operating system.’
      • ‘What happened to the good old days, when we waited for kernel hackers to buy the unsupported laptops first and get them going for the rest of us?’
      • ‘Our compatibility matrices don't indicate the supported or unsupported hardware.’
  • 3Not borne out by evidence or facts:

    ‘the assumption was unsupported by evidence’
    • ‘The claims that it is so related are based on scientifically unsupported assumptions.’
    • ‘A finding of fact which is unsupported by any evidence clearly involves an error of law.’
    • ‘And when I checked the footnotes and had the library pull the sources, the majority of the assertions proved to be wrong, incomplete in important ways, or unsupported.’
    • ‘If on the other hand she is to be regarded merely as making submissions they can bear very little weight as they were unsupported by any evidence (even a witness statement) from the appellant or documents from Colombia.’
    • ‘It's all very well and good to toss off unsupported assertions on paper, because the habit of wrapping inaccuracy in arrogance is the old medium's most venerable tradition, especially at Spencer Street.’
    • ‘Thus the present generation offers unsupported evidence to the next, just as the authors of the 1920s did in their ‘authoritative’ texts.’
    • ‘The court applied the appropriate legal tests to the evidence and the findings of fact are neither unreasonable nor unsupported by the evidence.’
    • ‘However, if the data do not support the proposed solution then the scientist conducting the experiment must be open-minded and accept that the hypothesis/theory is unsupported.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, she too often uses her skills to rail against what she calls unfounded, unsupported assumptions rather than to shatter them.’
    • ‘He reiterated that his evidence, the only evidence put up against his client, was illogical, inconsistent and unsupported by any other evidence.’
    • ‘Gray bars represent the frequencies of correct nodes that were unsupported (false negatives, or type II errors) for a given cutoff value’
    • ‘The scientific community considers these claims to be unsupported by the evidence: they have no standing in the fields of biology, geology, or cosmology.’
    • ‘More often, however, the mass media provide tacit support for untested and unsupported claims by saying nothing skeptical about even the most outlandish of claims.’
    • ‘Does the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's guidance suggesting the use of rosiglitazone later than is ideal, unsupported by evidence based medicine, amount to rationing?’
    • ‘Nevertheless, until now there has existed no journal dedicated to distinguishing scientifically unsupported from scientifically supported claims in mental health practice.’
    • ‘Treating that which is past as the precursor of some favorite modern theory is quite another, and selectively quoting sources to give an impression that is wrong or at best unsupported is intellectual dishonesty.’
    • ‘The present application is inappropriate and unsupported by any coherent evidence.’
    • ‘He was a witness who had told so many lies that the judge found it necessary to gave the jury a very strong warning; he said that they should be extremely cautious about relying on his evidence when it was unsupported by other evidence.’
    • ‘If the evidence was indeed new and unsupported by the documentary evidence and the head teacher refused to produce his notes, there might have been considerable scope for effective cross-examination.’
    • ‘It's filled with unsupported assertions, deceptive qualifiers, logical fallacies and rhetorical tricks so cheap they would make a trial lawyer blush.’